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The 70th Week of Daniel: The Ministry of Christ and His Apostles

--by James A. Arendt, October 7, 2022

The current popular evangelical doctrine about the final 70th Week of Daniel is all about the final seven years of the rule of the Antichrist on earth. Did you know this doctrine is only 200 years old in the evangelical Christian world? It became popular only from 1909 with the publication of the Scofield Reference Bible. This study is to prove the 70th Week of Daniel has nothing to do with the Endtime.

The Prophecy of Daniel

Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks:...

In other words, there were 69 sevens or 483 years from the commandment of the Persian King Artaxerxes in 457 BC to rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, Jesus Christ. Adding 483 years to 457 BC is 27 AD when Jesus was 30 years old when He began His ministry preaching the Kingdom of God to the Jews. This was the start of the 70th and final Week of the prophecy of Daniel chapter 9!

Jesus was "cut off" or crucified in the middle of the 70th Week when he was 33 years old in 31 AD. The rest of the 70th Week is the Apostles' ministry to the Jews up until the unbelieving Jews began persecuting the believers in Christ in 34 AD. After that God called the Apostle Paul to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles.

Daniel 9:27

The ministry of Jesus Christ and his disciples to the Jews is the confirmation of the Covenant of Daniel 9:27. The Covenant was the Covenant of Grace through faith that God made with Abraham, and Abraham's children, the people of faith in Christ.

Daniel 9:4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; Galatians 3:16-17 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. [17] And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. John 1:12-13 But as many as received him (the Word Who became flesh, Jesus of Nazareth), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The 70th Week ended 2000 years ago! It is not an Endtime event as many evangelicals think! It has absolutely noting to do with the Antichrist!

The last part of Daniel 9:27 is all about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Roman army in 70 AD, 39 years after Jesus was crucified. Luke 21:22 calls that time "days of vengeance".

For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Vengeance upon whom? Upon the unbelieving Jews who crucified Jesus! Matthew 24 calls it "great tribulation". Who was tribulated? The unbelieving Christ-rejecting Jews, not the followers of Christ! They had already fled to the mountains before the Roman army attacked!

Luke 21:20-21 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. [21] Then let them which are in Judæa flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

John Darby and C. I. Scofield propagated the false doctrine that the 70th Week is separate from the first 69 weeks and is in the future, the end of time. The original author of this false doctrine was a Jesuit priest named Francesco Ribera. He cooked it up circa 1580 to divert blame from the Popes of Rome as the prophetic man of sin in II Thessalonians chapter 2! Ribera added a time gap between the 69th Week and the 70th Week in order to promote the Antichrist as an Endtime figure only to get the Protestants to stop thinking of the Popes of Rome as the prophetic antichrist of Scripture, the man of sin of II Thessalonians chapter 2 who sits in the Temple of God -- the Church -- and proclaims himself to be God on earth!

1 Corinthians 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. gap of time between the 69th and the 70th week of Daniel

This is exactly what Jesuit Francesco Ribera has done! If you believe there is at least a 2000-year gap of time between the 69th and the 70th Week, you are believing what the Popes of the Church of Rome want you to believe!

A lack of understanding that the Messiah, Jesus Christ's ministry began immediately AFTER the first 69 weeks has caused a major misunderstanding and misinterpretation of Daniel 9:27 which was promoted by John Nelson Darby and C.I. Scofield with the Scofield reference Bible.

Darby, Scofield, and others have attributed the "he" of this verse to a final Endtime Antichrist even though the context of the Scripture is clearly talking about Messiah the prince.

I consider attributing the Work of Christ to the Antichrist to be a pernicious lie and utter blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. I feel sorry for those who perpetuate the false Jesuit doctrine of the 70th Week of Daniel. Their work is going to burn up at the judgment of Christ. See I Corinthians 3:15.

Copyright (c) 2022 by James A.Arendt


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My name is James Arendt. I was raised in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, Illinois, served in the USAF from 1970 to 1974, and became a full-time missionary for Christ living 40 years in Japan, 3.5 years in Russia, and a few months in other countries such as Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China where I also served the King of Kings, Jesus, as an Ambassador for His Kingdom.

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Phil Inman (Fullerton, US) says...
If the 70th week is not end time but follows immediately after the 69th wk then In Mt 24 When ye ..see the abomination of desolation ...Then shall be great tribulation... Immediately after the trib (the phrase 'immediately after" clearly indicates no time gap)... then the Son of Man comes in the clouds of heaven in a visible majestic display as all the tribes of the earth morne (cuz they are not going too.?) In Mt 24 he shall send forth his angels with the great sound of a trumpet and they ... Read More
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Hello Phil,
I understand why you would asked those questions because you were taught like I was that Matthew 24 is about the coming of Christ. It's not. It's about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Let's compare the paralell passages in the 3 synopic Gospels of Jesus' talk on the Mount of Olives.

Matthew 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Mark 13:14  ¶But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Luke 21:20  ¶And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
21  Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22  For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Luke calls the "abomination of desolation: "Jerusalem compassed with armies." He also calls the Great Tribulation of Matthew 24 "days of vengeance". Vengeance on who? NOT on God's people! Jesus told God's people, the believers in Christ to FLEE  Jerusalem and Judea when they see the armies of Rome!

These verses are referring to the end of Daniel 9:27

and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

It's talking about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD. Yes, the 70 Weeks are consecutive but the destruction of Jerusalem is not part of the 70 Weeks, it happened about 40 years later after Christ was crucified.

Please see https://deeptruths.com/doctrine/great-tribulation-matthew24.html



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